Visual Studio Express

Looking for Visual Studio Express? For most users we now recommend the free Visual Studio Community.
Download Community

Why upgrade to Community?

Vibrant ecosystem
Access to thousands of extensions that Express lacks, such as Github Extension, ReSharper, Visual Assist, Web Essentials, and NuGet Package Manager.
Multi-platform support
Code for Android, iOS, Windows, web, and cloud with ease.
Language of your choice
Support for your favorite languages such as C/C++, C#, Visual Basic, F#, Python, Node.js, JavaScript, and TypeScript.
Modern Web
Tap into modern web development with HTML 5, CSS 3, Angular, Bootstrap, NuGet, Bower, npm, Grunt, Gulp and more.
Project options
Create projects in WPF, WinForms, Win32, Universal Windows Platform, Xamarin, ASP.NET, Apache Cordova, and more.

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Individual Developer

Visual Studio Community is designed with everything you need in one place to create your next application.

Student or Teacher

Visual Studio Community provides the tools you need to build a game, design an app, launch a project, or teach a class.

Open Source Contributor

Visual Studio Community includes a rich set of tools for open-source software development.

Academic Researcher

Visual Studio Community is offered at no cost for you to advance your research.

Large Business

Visual Studio Professional provides comprehensive tools and services for designing, building, and managing complex enterprise applications.

Small Organization

Visual Studio Community is best suited for you if you work in a small team of less than six developers. Learn more about the Visual Studio Community license terms here.

Still want Visual Studio Express?

Supports the creation of desktop applications for Windows.
Create standards-based, responsive websites, web APIs, or real-time online experiences using ASP.NET.
Provides the core tools for building compelling, innovative apps for Universal Windows Platform. Windows is required.
Free source-code-control, project management, and team-collaboration platform.

Free, fully-featured IDE for students, open-source and individual developers

Free download

Professional developer tools, services, and subscription benefits for small teams

Free trial

End-to-end solution to meet demanding quality and scale needs of teams of all sizes

Free trial